Addiction defined as a preoccupation with a substance or behavior despite the consequences. This isn’t limited to alcohol, drugs, gambling, and sex. Well, you know the addictions that are cool. No, addiction can be related to a multitude of things. Another TLC network favorite of mine: My Strange Addiction. Great show. Trust.
Off the top of my head I can recall an addiction to dryer sheets, rocks (yes eating them like it’s The Never Ending Story), cremated ashes, drywall, and powdered cleaning supplies. The show documents the effects of the addiction on the individual and then later consults a healthcare professional to weigh in on the obvious: that shit’s bananas, no one should eat non-food items.
If you have watched, you are aware the show presents with the addiction initially, then follows up with it’s genesis. This is where I get confused. Almost every episode gives a similar synopses. The person fixates on the olfactory or tactile gratification, and then somehow they make the connection to eat it. Instantly they pursue a life centered around such item with absolute recklessness. You know like how Seigfried and Roy were addicted to tiger sex, even after a life threatening brutal attack on Roy. An attack, by the way, The Simpson’s eerily predicted…super fans will know what I speak of, can’t find the video, but click on the link if you don’t believe me.
Anypoop, the most disturbing part of this show is how a simple household item can send a person into such a downward spiral. If the show is even real (doubt it) then these people take one bite and they’re done unable to control their impluses. Every episode explains it that way, like it’s an after school special. Or that episode of Saved by the Bell when Jesse was addicted to energy pills (“I’m so excited, I’m so excited…I’m sooo scared Zach! Bwaha huh huh!”) I’m compelled to say that while there are kind hearts that have sympathy for heroin addicts, no one would understand an addiction to baby powder, you’re just considered weird. Furthermore, how many support groups are there for addiction to commercial items?
Most troublesome is, I wonder if my brain is a ticking time bomb. Will there be a product that will push me over the edge? While I spray my kitchen counter with Method ( oh the lavender is lovely) I do enjoy the smell. My brain still tells me drinking it would be a bad idea, and I opt for water with lemon instead.
Burt’s Bees has created a line of hygiene products that smell delectable called Gud. You know, with the funny dots over the U… yeah, I don’t know how to type that. The Vanilla is unreal. The smell is heaven. If I were to try any non edible product based on smell, that would be it. I haven’t made that jump but when I spray the body spray on myself I lift my shirt to my nose several times a day and feel utter elation as I inhale the vanilla ecstasy. What if? I hope it’s not all that toxic, should my brain make a neuro pathway from which I cannot disassociate. Thanks TLC, always keeping me entertained. I waste many hours of my life gawking at medical oddities and unusual human behavior.
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